EL CENTRO â€“ In an effort to expand subsidized employment services in Imperial County, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a contract between the Imperial County Department of Social Services and the Imperial County Workforce Development Office in the amount of $871,827.27 during Tuesdayâ€™s regular board meeting.
The Imperial County Workforce Development Office (ICWDO) services will include the following: expand the existing job search and employer recruitment services that currently are available through an employer network; address participantsâ€™ limitations to access services by making available three â€œAmerica Job Centersâ€ employment centers (Calexico, El Centro and Brawley) and two satellite offices (Winterhaven and Calipatria); take advantage of existing relationships with current employers, serve as employer of record for one point of contact for ICWDO and site employers for payroll, benefit workerâ€™s compensation; placements for clients who need basic skills to become employable; placement for clients who need training to develop specific work skills; and placement intended to transition clients to unsubsidized employment, often with subsidized employer.
â€œWe are confident that these services will allow our participants to gain valuable work experience that will increase their ability to obtain unsubsidized employment in the future,â€ said Peggy Price, director of the Imperial County Department of Social Services. â€œThese placements will also continue to help our County improve our Federal Work Participation Rate (WPR).â€
Price said this was the first time ICDSS entered into a partnership with ICWDO, and said was looking forward to working with the agency.
â€œBecause this is the first time we are working together, we did take time to develop this MOU so that we can meet the mandates of both of our programs,â€ said Price.
Imperial County Workforce Development Office Director Miguel Figueroa said the memorandum of understanding (MOU) was a great opportunity to expand services offered to the community.
â€œThe trend across the state is to follow our new federal mandate which calls for a closer partnership with our counties across the state,â€ said Figueroa. â€œWe need to meet those expectations and unify our services, and being more efficient and effective when it comes to providing those opportunities to our clients.â€
The contract term is for ten months, September 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 and is funded through the AB98 funding, Expanded Subsidized Employment (ESE) and CalWORKâ€™s Single Allocation. There is no impact on the County General Fund.
â€œWe are definitely moving in the right direction,â€ said Michael Kelley, District 3 Supervisor.